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Texas: Congressman Hosts Public Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Cannabis
Author: restore 11/08/2017 - 02:38:00

HB 334, which was introduced in the special legislative session, would replace criminal penalties for low-level cannabis possession with a civil citation 

By Michael Bachara 
Hemp News 

On Wednesday, Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody held a public hearing to discuss reducing state cannabis possession penalties to support HB 334, which Rep. Moody introduced in the special legislative session in July. 

HB 334 would make possession of a small amount of cannabis a civil citation punishable by a $250 fine but not a criminal conviction; courts can allow some of the fine to be paid off through the offender taking drug education courses or doing community service. For a third offense, the civil penalty must include a drug education requirement. On a fourth offense, a prosecutor can proceed with a Class C misdemeanor instead of a civil citation. 

“This week’s hearing on drug enforcement reform is another step in the ongoing effort to right-size our drug penalties and be smarter on the issue,” said Chairman Moody. “It’s something we’ve been working on and will continue to work on through the interim, into the next session, and beyond for as long as it takes. I know we can do better, and I’ll keep fighting for that.”

Chairman Moody’s efforts have continued to be recognized by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, which gave him their Law and Order Award the past three sessions, and by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, which named him ‘Representative of the Year’ last session.

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Original article from crrh.org:Texas: Congressman Hosts Public Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Cannabis


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